Monday, March 18th
Our last day out, two land excursions. Deception Island and Half Moon Island. Old whaling stations, seals and penguins. Not a bad way to end an incredible trip.
Deception Island is an island in the South Shetland Islands archipelago, with one of the safest harbors in Antarctica. This island is the caldera of an active volcano, which seriously damaged local scientific stations in 1967 and 1969. The island previously held a whaling station; it is now a tourist destination and scientific outpost, with Argentine and Spanish research bases. While various countries have asserted sovereignty, it is still administered under the Antarctic Treaty System. (info from Wikipedia.)
Just pulling in to the island is an interesting feat since the island is actually a volcano imagine the circular opening of a volcano with only a relatively small narrows to navigate the ship through. The opening is named Neptune’s Bellows. We pulled into Whaler’s Bay and took the Zodiacs to land to go exploring. There were fur seals and plenty of abandoned whaling equipment, remnants of housing, graves and bit of boats and wood around. Plenty of history here as well, if you’re interested I recommend looking it up. (If you know me at all you know I was off wandering instead of listening to the historian tell us about it all.)
Half Moon Island
The afternoon brought us to Half Moon Island for penguins. Lots and lots of penguins. A few seal, birds and rocky hiking which oh boy becomes slick with penguin guano.
The penguins (and an elephant seal)
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this trip with me. I still have plenty of images to go through, delete, edit, and pull together some of a few different series I have. This could go on for years. Ha ha.